Before i headed to New York City for ForteFemme, Maximus and i flew to Florida and meet our dear friends, Slim and Marilyn and another couple friend of theirs at Caliente Resort in Land O’Lakes, just outside Tampa. We were excited to experience another lifestyle resort as we’ve so enjoyed Desire Rivera Maya.
Caliente isn’t just a lifestyle vacation resort, it actually is a lifestyle community. There are homes and condos where people live in full- or part-time during the year in addition to the hotel, and the whole place is a literally a walled-off subdivision in Lake O’Lakes, Florida. Ten-foot high concrete walls surround the entire complex. We stayed in a three bedroom townhouse a short walk from the clubhouse. It was great! The kitchen was large and well-equipped, so we did meals in. It was nice to have a house rather than a hotel room.
Within the walls of the community, there are lakes, walking/cycling paths, tennis courts, and then the clubhouse. The clubhouse is really what you would consider the resort. It houses several bars, four restaurants, five pools, a spa, gym with daily workout classes, and a disco.
While i called it a lifestyle resort, it really is a clothing-optional resort, a nudist colony. Nudity is fine, but they actually don’t allow sexual activity–that’s for in the privacy of your room–so it was different than Desire, where you can have public sex in specific areas of the resort. And certainly, kink play would not have been appreciated at all. What was different than Desire was that nudity was allowed everywhere, including the restaurants, which was disturbing to us on a hygiene level (we really appreciate Desire’s rule on naughty bits being covered in dining areas!).
We spent our days at the pool and nights at the discos. i don’t have pictures of the pool area as cameras weren’t allowed (i snuck the one of Maximus that i used for the art for this post). Saturday night’s party was the best, great music, and it was sponsored by SwingLifeStyle‘s Bare Bottoms Club. Another difference from Desire is that this resort is not all-inclusive. Food and drinks are not included, neither are the nightly parties at the disco.
All in all, it was a fun time. Would we go again? Well, probably not. Why? For us, it’s a flight across the country that takes the same amount of time as getting to Desire. We’d much rather go to Desire and enjoy the all-inclusive freedom and public play. But it was great to spend time with our friends who we’d not seen in a year or so after they moved across the country, so that made it well worth the trip.